Every week, we share opportunities, action items and a selection of media stories that relate to the farm to school movement. To submit an item for consideration, send us an email. To be considered, content should be of national interest to the farm to school community.
Webinars & Events
1. Scholarships available for National Farm to Cafeteria Conference
Scholarships are now available for the 8th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference, a biennial event hosted by the National Farm to School Network that will convene more than 1,500 diverse stakeholders working to source local food for institutional cafeterias and foster a culture of food and agricultural literacy across America. Scholarship awards will cover short course and/or registration fees for the conference, pending available funds. Costs associated with travel, lodging and field trips are not covered by the scholarship award. In order to ensure the conference reflects the full diversity of farm to cafeteria constituents, scholarships are prioritized for farmers, farmer support organizations, youth (through age 22), persons of color, food service professionals, among others. Additional preference will be given to first-time conference attendees and presenters. Representation from all regions of the country will also be taken into consideration when evaluating scholarship applicants. The application is available online at farmtocafeteriaconference.org. Applications must be received or postmarked by 5pm (EST) on February 29, 2016.
1. Toolkit: Increasing Local Food Purchasing by Institutional Food Service Management
Farm to Institution New England (FINE) has released a new food service toolkit titled, “Setting the Table for Success: Increasing Local Food Purchasing by Institutional Food Service Management.” The toolkit covers the basics of how institutional purchasing works and digs in deep into guidance for using the food service request for proposal and contract process to guide institutions in sharing the responsibility of identifying and sourcing local food with their supply chain partners. FINE will host an introductory webinar on February 9th at 1 pm EST to walk through how the toolkit can be used. Register for the webinar here. View the toolkit here.
2. Report: How States Strengthen Local Food Systems
The National Conference of State Legislatures has released a new report examining state legislation in all 50 states enacted between 2012 and 2014 that aimed to strengthen various components of local food systems. “Harvesting Healthier Options: State Legislative Trends in Local Foods 2012-2014” focuses on six policy areas, including farm to school. View the report here.
3. Resource: Structural Racism Present in the US Food System Bibliography
The 3rd edition of the annotated bibliography “Structural Racism Present in the US Food System” is now available at the MSU Center for Regional Food System’s website. This edition has more than 20 new entries as well as the digital object identifier for most of the peer-reviewed publications cited. Support for this publication comes in part from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. View the resource here.
Jobs & Opportunities
1. Executive Director, Urban Roots
Urban Roots seeks a highly skilled and passionate individual to serve as Executive Director and uphold its mission and vision in the community. The Executive Director is responsible for organizational leadership, management, and oversight of all employees, finances, programming, fundraising, events, and activities. Learn more and apply here.
2. FoodCorps Service Member Application Open
Are you a leader passionate about healthy food, farms and kids? Become a FoodCorps service member! FoodCorps recruits talented leaders for a year of paid public service building healthy school food environments in limited-resource communities. Learn more about this opportunity and apply here.
Farm to school in the news
Wyoming Schools Serve Student-Raised Beef
The Lander school district in Wyoming is serving up local beef to students from animals the students raised. With recent government interest in getting more locally-sourced foods into schools, the district partnered with the local FFA program to raise steers. (via Wyoming Public Media)
High School Uses Science and Fish To Help Save Garden
A San Diego, Calif. high school in danger of losing its garden because of the drought has, instead, created a sustainable living lab to grow fresh vegetables and fish. (via San Diego 7)
Students learn to raise and grow food for school lunch
For students at Prairie View Elementary in Holmen, Wis., the lunch menu includes chicken, sweet corn, and hydroponic lettuce grown by high school students. (via WXOW)